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Discussion in 'Application Development' started by dave99, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. dave99

    dave99 New Member
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    Apr 27, 2010
    I am developing my first application with android sdk and I'm struggling with xml gui layout files. I have tried the following methods: 1) Write xml by hand, very tedious and time consuming even with good text editor (I'm using vim). Hard to see results directly, must compile and run on the emulator. 2) Use Eclipse and android plugin's layout editor. Very cumbersome, crappy user interface on the editor. 3) Use DroidDraw application. Seems to be buggy and very easy to destroy earlier work. The applications for wysiwyg editing (2 and 3) are just crap compared to Qt (designer) or even Visual Studio. Isn't there any better tool available than these? Every approach I mentioned seem to have serious flaws, I just don't think it is possible to create quality applications with the tools available. I'd like to hear more experienced android developers what is good workflow for designing layout files from scratch. EDIT: Sorry about formatting, the forum software seems to be crap too. My clean formatting was lost and everything was put on to one giant wall of text.


  2. KlaymenDK

    KlaymenDK Well-Known Member

    May 29, 2009
    Welcome to the forum! :D

    I'm sorry, but I think you have the right impression, that DroidDraw actually is currently the best tool even though it's not very good. :eek:

    Think of it as a badge of honour, that it's like that because we're so good we can do it in the old school fashion, and don't need script kiddie tools? ;) (Wanting them is another matter, of course... :rolleyes:)

    PS. Odd about your post formatting, that is actually supposed to work. Still perfectly readable, though.

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